<with Q&A Example>6 Important Questions in Japanese Job Interview
1,What brought you to Japan?/ Why do you study in japan?
naze ninihon ni kitanodesuka?(なぜ日本にきたのですか？)/naze nihon de benkyo shiteirunodesuka?/なぜ日本で勉強しようと思ったのですか？
■This question is to know your motivation and personality
The interviewer asks this question to confirm your willingness to work. In addition, interviewer wants to know your personality and motivation, referring to the reason you wanted to work in Japan. Answer the reasons why you came to Japan and why you want to work in Japan.
(1)I came to Japan to learn Japanese food culture. After learning Japanese food culture, I want to open a Japanese restaurant in my home country someday.
watashi wa nihon no shokubunka wo oboetai to omotte nihon ni kimashita.nihon no shokubunka wo oboetara ituka bokoku de nihonryouri no omise wo hirakitai to kangaeteimasu(私は日本の食文化を覚えたいと思って日本にきました。日本の食文化を覚えたら、いつか母国で日本料理のお店を開きたいと考えています。)
2,Why do you want to work this restaurants?
naze kono resutoran de hatarakitai to omottanodesuka?
■This is a question to see if you match their shop
Based on the reason you chose this shop, the interviewer is trying to make sure you suit in the shop. Many store managers think you can be active in this job,if it is easy to work for you in this shop and you match the vibes of the shop. To answer this question well, check out the store you are interviewing in advance. And if you can, you go to there and eat.
(1)Because the food in this restaurant was delicious. I also found this shop on my way home from school, so I thought it was easy to work.
kono omise no ryouri ga oishikatta kara desu. mata gakkou kara ieni ikutochuu ni kono omise ga arunode hatarakiyasui to omotta karadesu
(2)Because I am interested in Japanese culture, I want to work in an environment where I can interact with Japanese people. When I visit this shop before, I felt that I really liked the atmosphere of this shop and wanted to work here.
nihonbunka ni kyoumi ga arunode nihonjin to kouryuu dekiru kankyou de hatarakitai karadesu. maeni kono omise ni ittatoki ni kono omiseno huniki ga sugokusuki dato kanjite kono omise de hatarakitai to omoimasita
3,How long can you work in this restaurants?
donokurai hatarakukotga dekimasuka?
■This question is a confirmation of the work shift
The interviewer wants to knows how often you can work. If you are part-time interviewed, this is the most important question. This is because part-time workers are often recruited when there are not enough staffs working in the shop. The interviewer also wants to know in advance how long you plan to stay in Japan. When asked how long you can work, answer the time when you can work.
(1)I work 20 hours a week. On weekday nights, I can work after school.
watashi wa shuuni nijuujikan hatarakemasu.hejitu no yotru wa gakkou ga owattekara hatarakukoto ga dekimasu
(2)I intend to stay in Japan for a few years. I can work while I stay in Japan.
watashi wa suunenno aida wa nihon ni taizaisuru tumori desu. taizaikikanchu hataraku koto ga dekimasu.
4,What kind of japanese food do you like?
donna nihonshoku ga suki desuka?
■This question is to know your interest in Japanese food
The interviewer wants to know your interest in Japanese meals. This is because people who are interested in Japanese food often work positively. Interviews want to know how much you are interested in Japanese food, especially at izakayas and Japanese restaurants. So,let's appeal what you like the food provided by the shop, if you will interview with a japanese food restaurant like izakayas and Japanese restaurants
(1)I like tonkatsu. I also like soba. I want to make soba on my own someday
watashi wa tonkatsu ga sukidesu. ato soba mo sukidesu ituka jibunde suba wo uchitai to omotteimasu
■Tell the interviewer if there are dishes you cannot eat
In addition, some shops in Japan provide meals called “Makanai” to staff. In order to make sure that you can eat this “Makanai”, some interviewer asks you what you like to eat. If you have a meal you can't eat, tell about that in advance.
(1)I like udon. However, I cannot eat 〇〇, because of religion.
watashi wa udon ga sukidesu. shikashi watashi wa syukyojyo 〇〇 wo taberukoto ga dekimasen.
5,What do you like about Japan?
nihon no douiu tokoro ga sukidesuka?
■The interviewer is trying to find out what you are interested in Japan
The interviewer is trying to find out if you want to deepen your understanding of Japan through customer service. Once interviewer knows what you are interested in Japan, he can think about what job is good for you. So this is an important question for the manager to think about that how you will be active in the shop, after you are employed as staff at this shop.
(1)I like Japanese food culture.
watashi wa nihon no shokubunka ga sukidesu
6,Do you like japanese people?/ Which point do you like about japanese?
nihonjin wa sukidesuka? /nihonjin no doko ga sukidesuka?
■This question is to find out what you want to learn through customer service to Japanese people
The interviewer is trying to find out what you wants to learn by serving Japanese and how much you are interested in Japanese people. The interviewer wants to know what you are motivating to work on by knowing your interest in Japanese people. So it's better to answer this question after thinking about what you think about the Japanese.
(1)I like the spirit of Japanese “omotenashi”. I also like the honest of Japanese people. I want to learn Japanese culture while working with Japanese people.
watashi wa nihonjin no omotenashi no seishin ga sukidesu. mato nihonjin no majime na tokoro mo sukidesu,watashi wa nihonjin to hatarakinagara nihon no bunka wo manabitaidesu
Personality is the most important in interviews. Keep that in mind.
Could you imagine what kind of questions you will be asked?
Many of the questions that I have been introduced are questions that check your personality. The store decides whether to hire you based on your personality, not your nationality.
In addition to remembering the answers to questions, you should be conscious of appealing your personality in interviews.
I hope you pass the interview!